Community Wellness Checks through Computer Texts
We are seeking volunteers to help in an arc of grassroots organizing that begins with relational outreach through wellness checks. In the first iteration, we will reach out to 21K people across Idaho. Texts are auto formatted, but we are also engaging in real conversations with people. You can spend as little or as much time volunteering as you like from 9am to 8pm in the comfort of your own home.
Protecting and advocating for each other is at the heart of what we do. We are grateful to be in community with you ALL ! We will navigate this difficult time together, and if we do it well, we will become stronger because of it.
More than ever before people are craving connection and community. We may never know another moment that holds such possibility for making meaning and shifting worldview, but we must act quickly and at scale to step into this space that is quickly being filled by extremist ideology, conspiracy theories and focused anti-government rhetoric that threatens the future of our democracy and the lives and wellbeing of this and future generations.
We have design a texting program that can be used from your computer. This outreach is part of an arc of organizing that necessarily starts with one-on-one relationship building to meet the scope and scale of the work ahead of us.
In this first phase, we are not asking anyone to do anything, simply giving them access to resources and opportunities they need. Each contact will be given a link to our website and critical links to direct services and emergent need at the state level and national resource links on COVID19, and links to TAKE ACTION on our shared campaigns as People's Action. We updating our content regularly to reflect the events taking place virtually through our national partners.
By building relationships we can bring people into virtual community spaces, and engage in authentic conversations about the policies that have led us to this moment and exacerbated the pain that is impacting people differently.
The response has been overwhelming and people are genuinely grateful to know that we are checking in and working hard for them and their families. A great many have taken it upon themselves to deepen their engagement by interacting with our website and reaching out. Volunteers have said this has been healing for them too.
Lest we forget, “Only a crisis - actual or perceived - produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable.”― Milton Friedman
Parents and children are invited and encouraged to get involved.
No one has signed up yet, but you could be the first!